PTA Selection Criteria Change

The PTA program has changed its scoring system (slightly). Here is a summary of the changes:

Hours: Students only need 25 hours of job shadowing. There are no additional points for additional hours.

Variety: They now get two points for getting these hours at three or more locations

Tenacity: If students apply for a third time they will be given one-half additional point

CMST225 and the ‘d’(iversity) requirement

dSome of you may have been advised or came to the conclusion independently that CMST 225 Intercultural Communication  is a pretty sweet course to take, not just because of the relevant content, but because it satisfies so many AAS degree requirements.

Well,it still does….

However, as of winter 2014, it will no longer satisfy the diversity requirement.             You know the little “d” requirement that hangs out with all of the little “w” “s” & “g” requirements. If you are a transfer student and you are not sure what I am talking about, you might want to consider making an appointment with a Transfer Advisor in LDC 116. You can also learn more  about degree requirements yourself by checking out our online catalog.

If you were planning to take CMST225 in Winter or Spring AND you hope to graduate in Spring, AND you have not already taken a class which satisfies the ‘d’ requirement, you may have the ‘d’ requirement waived for graduation. If this sounds like you…you might want to check in with the Graduation Department.

As always, if you have any questions or you want to see an advisor, please contact us in Entry and Advising LDC 116, 360.383.3080


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Dates to Remember

Winter Quarter: Important Dates

Nov. 18 – Registration access & schedule changes for currently enrolled students begins
Dec. 3 – Registration access & schedule changes for new and former students who applied by deadline begins
Dec. 9 – General Registration (no appointment necessary)
Dec. 17 – First tuition payment is due for early registration
Jan. 2 – Second tuition payment due date
Jan. 2 – WAOL classes (ONL sections) begin
Jan. 8 – If you register on or after this date, tuition payment is due on day of registration
Jan. 8 – Whatcom Community College quarter begins

Workshop: Writing a Personal Statement for WWU

2181705081_89760c724a_bAre you planning to transfer to Western Washington University?

If you are, you will eventually write a personal statement which tells WWU admissions staff who you are behind the grades. It is pretty important may end up as the deciding factor for your admission to the university.

The good news is that on:

Thursday November 21st from 4-5 pm in Cascade Hall room 153 Whatcom Community College will be hosting WWU Admissions staff for a workshop on how to write the personal statement. There is no better chance to discover what the University wants from you and to ask questions that are relevant to you and your academic history.

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Trinity Western University Representative

Thinking about transferring to a 4-year college? A representative from Trinity Western University will be at Whatcom Community College Today! November 5th from 11:00 am-2:00pm in the Laidlaw Center foyer.

Trinity has a satellite campus just down the street from WCC and they are committed to assisting adult student with degree completion. Come get your questions answered, and learn about Trinity’s programs!


You can also learn more by visiting their page for Transfer Students.

Katie Couric Spotlights Dollars for Scholars

Last week, Katie Couric’s national talk show featured a spotlight segment on Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars and our founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin. You can watch the segment below.

scholarIn addition to the interviews, surprises, and feature on 2013 Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the Year Hannah Truong, Katie also announced the opening of the Scholarship America Dream Award, which she helped establish by donating her profits from the book The Best Advice I Ever Got. The Dream Award will provide growing renewable scholarships to students in their second year of college and beyond—helping them complete their education, not just start it.